Being on the “right” kind of diet has it’s perks when you know what to cook and bake! In today’s post I share with you an update regarding my 2011 health plan (specifically my Hormone Diet pursuits), and a yummy dessert recipe I know you’ll appreciate.
Trying to regain some of the balance I lost over the past year, I’ve been on Dr. Natasha’s Hormone Diet for about two weeks now (just finishing up the first step, the anti-inflammatory detox). This is my second time on the diet; read about my amazing results from the first go here and also check out my book review.
This time around, I’ve been doing ok. I’ve been following it about 90% (reduced my coffee intake instead of cutting it out completely and had some wheat products but I know from the first time that I have no problem with wheat or gluten). I’ve lost 5 pounds so far and haven’t had any major detox symptoms (I believe it’s because I’m taking her suggested supplements to support my body in the detoxing)!
I just tried her “healthy brownies” recipe and made a few tweaks to it so I could share it with you here on Live Lighter. Otherwise, you’d have to purchase the book since she hasn’t shared it on her blog yet.
Healthy Banana Brownie RecipePrint This
- 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2) Update: try thawed, frozen bananas for more moistness
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup sunflower oil
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
- 1 scoop (1 oz) chocolate whey or soy protein powder
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 and 1/2 cups rice flour
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips
- a little butter
- Grease a 9×9 glass casserole dish or baking pan with butter. Set the oven at 350º F.
- In a large bowl, combine the mashed banana and egg; mix well. Add oil, sugar, vanilla and yogurt.
- In a small bowl, combine and mix protein powder, cocoa and baking powder.
- Blend in dry mixture to the wet mixture.
- Gently stir in flour, walnuts and chocolate chips until just blended, don’t over mix.
- Pour batter in dish or pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pan and cut into squares.
I adjusted the directions here to account for my walnut and chocolate chip additions. As you can see in the picture, I sprinkled them on top because of my last minute decision to tweak the recipe.
Also, I made a few other very minor changes based on what I had available in the cupboard which I won’t share with you here – you’ll have to buy the book (and request the additional recipes from Dr. Turner – her “healthy brownies” recipe isn’t included in the book, they are supplements to it).
If you’re thinking about purchasing the book, here’s another review from WedMD.com that isn’t so favourable. While I agree that it’s a bit heavy in the science-speak, I disagree with the other arguments, particularly those concerning the quality of our food supply, supplement necessities and how Dr. Turner focuses on hormonal imbalances (when we’re unhealthy, it’s a general imbalance – I believe hormones are just one way of looking at it).
Have you tried The Hormone Diet yet? How are you doing on it and do you like the recipes she shares?